Today's guest author was a division 1A full scholarship football player, has six years of personal training experience, and is now an educator.
"Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven."
Matthew 6:1-13:58 ESV
Far too often, we as men think of fitness related to building muscles and having six-pack abs. Some men desire the larger-than-life arms and pecs that come at the cost of total dedication and consistency. More often than not, what leads us to the gym is our pride and a strange desire to want to be seen by others, so that man validates us. But in Matthew 6:1, the word tells us, "Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven." Not adhering to this warning will leave us exhausted and only make fitness temporal.
What is most important is doing the workouts that are tailored for us as individuals. These personalized workouts will help prevent injury and ultimately set the foundation for us to remain fit and build sustainable strength over time. The stretching regimen that we do before we leave the house or the exercises that include our entire body will keep a manageable workout routine, not just the explosive exercises like bench press and squats that get guys excited.
"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm." In referencing Ephesians 6:13, it reminds me that in the same way, I am not maximizing my fitness when I only focus on what people
can see through a shirt. In the same way, God wants us to strengthen our entire body both inside and out, large muscle groups, joints, and even increase cardio and flexibility by doing things in fullness instead of isolation. These are the things that matter, not what others think about our looks. Leave the boutique workouts to those who can spend a lot of their time in the gym; I simply don't have the time I used when I was younger.
Daily Battle Order:
Kingdom Men, remember that we need to be well balanced and fine-tuned from the crown of our head to the soles of our feet. So in doing so, be sure to stretch appropriately and ask one another about exercises that give you stability/stamina, balance, and endurance for the long journey ahead. Everyone is at a different fitness level and in other places physically/age-wise, so we will need to lean on one another to motivate and for accountability. Be encouraged to know that staying fit doesn't always have to be by lifting outside our ability. More importantly, BE CONSISTENT in your commitment to full-body workouts that target and strengthen joints and smaller muscles groups. The fullness of the Armor of God encompasses the whole body, which is why we need to consider keeping every inch of our bodies in pristine condition.